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ORESTES IN MOSUL

By Milo Rau | NTGent (Gent)

The Oresteia is not only the one surviving trilogy from ancient Greek drama; it is also the myth of the foundation of Western civilisation. In Orestes in Mosul, Milo Rau transposes this material to war-ravaged Mosul where he travelled with his ensemble. In 2014, the Jihadi caliphate of ISIS was declared in the Iraqi city. There is hardly another place in the world where the principle of blood revenge and the never-ending cycle of retaliation, which also runs through the Oresteia, is more evident than here – where the city’s inhabitants are confronted with the question of how to deal with captured ISIS fighters. Milo Rau stages this tragedy with a mixed ensemble of European and Iraqi-born actors, and has carried out research and project phases in Mosul that can be seen as video projections. Above everything, the question is raised: Can the cycle of violence be broken and replaced by a principle of justice, integration and reconciliation?



Director Milo Rau With Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Susana Abdulmajid, Elsie de Brauw, Risto Kübar, Johan Leysen, Bert Luppes, Marijke Pinoy, Suleik Salim Al-Khabbaz, Saif Al-Taee, Firas Atraqchi, Nabeel Atraqchi, Zaidun Haitham, Rabee Nameer, Baraa Ali, Khalid Rawi, Khitam Idress, Rayan Shihab Ahmed, Hathal Al-Hianey, Mustafa Dargham, Younis Anad Gabori, Ahmed Abdul Razzaq Hussein, Abdallah Nawfal, Mohamed Saalim, Hassan Taha Text Milo Rau and Ensemble after Aischylos

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